Episode 1604: The NBA And China, LeBron James And The Limits Of His Activism, Troy Parrott Looms Over Spurs’ Strikers, Man City Looking For Influencers
For the last two months, clashes in Hong Kong between police and pro-democracy activists have become increasingly violent, with police firing live bullets and protesters attacking officers and throwing petrol bombs.
At the start of October, Daryl Morey, the general manager of the NBA’s Houston Rockets, tweeted: “fight for freedom, stand with Hong Kong.” Morey subsequently deleted the tweet but China has threatened to cut ties with the NBA, and some Chinese companies have backed out of broadcasts and sponsorship deals.
When Lebron James spoke on this topic last week, he was attacked for hypocrisy. As the NBA season starts, we talk to author and ESPN writer Howard Bryant about why LeBron isn’t immune from criticism, but isn’t the only American with a stake in China.
Take the time. Learn. Read. Understand. Do these things especially if your business relationships are going to put you in conflict with your values. We’re all compromised in this game of corporate globalization. LeBron fell for the celebrity trap, talking when he needed to listen
— Full Dissident (@hbryant42) October 15, 2019
LeBron James says Daryl Morey “wasn’t educated on the situation at hand” when Morey tweeted a graphic that read “Fight For Freedom Stand With Hong Kong.” pic.twitter.com/7XveqSnsB1
— The Daily Wire (@realDailyWire) October 15, 2019
Plus – there’s South Park, Troy Parrott’s latest goal-scoring heroics, we acknowledge that Tiger Woods was right all along, and Man City’s search for influencers.
???? It was another great game for Troy Parrott!
— Talking THFC (@TalkingTHFC) October 22, 2019
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